The Neponset River Watershed includes:
- The 29-mile-long Neponset River, which starts in Foxborough, near Gillette Stadium, and ends in Dorchester/Quincy, near the “Rainbow Swash” gas tank by Route 93.
- A 120-square mile area of land southwest of Boston that drains into the Neponset River, and ultimately into Boston Harbor.
- A home to 330,000+ people.
- A drinking water source to 120,000 people.
- A history that includes 10,000 years of human habitation and over 375 years of industrialization.
- A destination for hikers, cyclists, anglers, and paddlers.
- An invaluable habitat for native fish and wildlife.
The Watershed includes parts of 14 cities and towns: Boston (Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Dorchester), Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Norwood, Quincy, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, Westwood.
What is a Watershed?
A watershed is the area of land that drains into a body of water, like a river, pond, harbor or lake. Watch the video below to learn more (arrgh!)
Video courtesy of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network in Colorado (CoCoRaHS) www.cocorahs.org.